Cavaliers coach Beilein sorry after calling his players a ‘bunch of thugs’

The Cleveland Cavaliers coach, John Beilein, has apologised to his players after describing them as a bunch of thugs during a team meeting The Cleveland Cavaliers coach, John Beilein, has apologised to his players after describing them as a bunch of thugs during a team meeting on Wednesday. Sources told ESPN that the room became hushed after Beilein used the description, and several players were visibly uncomfortable. The 66-year-old coach, who is white, later acknowledged the effect of using a racially loaded phrase to describe a team in which the majority of players are black. Beilein said he had meant to call the players slugs. I didnt realize that I had said the word thugs, but my staff told me …

Two weeks in hockey showed sport is no escape from society’s dark side

NHL coaches have been accused of racism and bullying this month. The only consolation is that it may force a change within the game Who gets to decide what kind of sport hockey is? All it took was two high-profile dismissals in two weeks (with a third possible), and we now have an open question. The most recent high-profile departure was Mike Babcock, told the Toronto Sun on Monday. A few lines down in the same Sun story, a detail of the darkness came to light: during the 2016-17 season, Babcock asked then-rookie Mitch Marner to rank the Leafs players based on work ethic. Marner obliged, and was surprised when Babcock read the list to the rest of the team. …

I was called the N-word as a player. I was lucky someone heard it | Etan Thomas

Myles Garretts claim that a racial slur prompted his outburst brings back an ugly memory from my career. But as I learned, his fate is out of his hands unless someone backs him up The Etan Thomas After my ejection, our assistant coach Louis Orr came to me at halftime and asked me what happened to get me so upset, as it was out of character for me. At the time I was mostly known as being the quiet kid on the team. I remember telling Coach Orr what occurred and him shaking his head and saying that he was sorry that happened and that he would support me but that I had to think first before I reacted, that …

Donald Trump booed and greeted with ‘lock him up’ chants at World Series

The President was greeted with boos by the crowd at Nationals Park when he attended Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros at Nationals Park, a short journey from the White House. When Trump was shown on the video screens in the stadium he was loudly booed by fans. That, perhaps, was predictable: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and both Bushes were all booed while attending baseball games as President. What came shortly afterwards was a little more personal in a city that is heavily Democratic as cries of Lock him up! rang out, a reference to the chants about Hillary Clinton used at …